History Book Reviews (page 936)

GERTRUDE AND ALICE by Diana Souhami
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Photographs by Man Ray and Cecil Beaton stand out among 45 illustrations that convey Stein and her world."
Here, the odd, legendary, and passionate collaboration between Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas is eyed with detailed objectivity by London critic Souhami (Gluck: Her Biography, 1989- -not reviewed). ``Gertrude and Alice made a strange looking pair,'' Souhami begins. Read full book review >
GOD, HARLEM U.S.A. by Jill Watts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"In these sympathetic, quiet pages, Father Divine emerges as a significant figure of the Harlem Renaissance: a hard-working humanitarian and man of God."
A clear window into Afro-American history, tying together many strands of black culture via the remarkable life of evangelist Father Divine; by Watts (History/Cal. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Horror, farce, and tragedy—in one vivid, if not particularly enlightening, package."
From John Adams to Dan Quayle, the vice-presidency seems the best refutation of the theory of evolution. Read full book review >
THE TRIAL OF MADAME CAILLAUX by Edward Berenson
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Freshly researched, elegantly written, always engrossing. (Twelve b&w illustrations.)"
A skillful take on France's belle Çpoque, using the celebrated 1914 trial of Henriette Caillaux for the murder of Le Figaro editor Gaston Calmette as a springboard to examine a wide range of contemporary topics. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Hungarians have a reputation for morose introspection, with associated high suicide rates'') detract from what is otherwise an important and eye- opening exposÇ. (B&w photographs and drawings—not seen.)"
New York Times science-writer Broad (Star Warriors, 1985, etc.), twice a Pulitzer-winner, presents a refreshingly factual account of how physicist Edward Teller sold the Star Wars concept to two conservative Administrations—and adds some prescient comments on how to prevent such apparent abuses of power in the future. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Occasionally repetitive and simplistic but nonetheless a warmhearted and genuinely inspiring introduction to compassion as a way of life."
The freewheeling author of the pop spiritual classic Be Here Now teams with fellow Hindu devotee Bush to guide inexperienced Americans on to the path of compassionate action—offering his own spiritual autobiography as testimony to the transforming power of love and social action. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

Australian novelist Keneally (Flying Hero Class, p. 131, etc.) brings his lively imagination to bear on the American Southwest. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"A huge drama full of players on the grand scale, none of whom comes alive within the confines of this treatment."
Tedious account of riveting events surrounding Count Folke Bernadotte's release of prisoners from German concentration camps and his subsequent assassination, by Schwarz (co-author, The Peter Lawford Story, 1988, etc.). Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Familiar facts but a distinctive viewpoint: an intensely partisan chronicle of centuries of dishonor, written in a fluid, vivid style. (Sixteen-page b&w photo insert—not seen.)"
Clear and concise history detailing the experiences of Native Americans on both continents from 1492 to 1990, from travel-writer and Mayan specialist Wright (Time Among The Maya, 1989; On Fiji Islands, 1986, etc.). Read full book review >
SEX, DEATH AND GOD IN L.A. by David Reid
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Sour and rarely sweet, most vital as memoir and fantasy."
Cultural, sometimes labyrinthine, anthology-survey of the ever-changing entity of incorporated counties called Greater Los Angeles. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Required reading for burned-out civic reformers, and stirring stuff for socially concerned businesspeople."
An inspiring, well-organized exposition of ten principles that appear to offer hope for renewal in an era of government decline. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Ponderous, although well-researched, and suffering also from being intuitively obvious, to the extent that anyone seeking revelation as to how a national identity is forged, and stamped on its citizens, will be disappointed. (Fifteen halftones—not seen.)"
Here, social-historian Bodnar (Indiana Univ.) offers a moderately enticing analysis of the dynamic between national agendas and local attitudes as it surfaces in public ceremonies and commemorations. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >